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Water Clarity Saves Lives


While it is always paramount that your child or other swimmer is actively supervised at all times while inside your inground swimming pool, there are other factors that may contribute to your ability to keep them safe.  Even professionally trained lifeguards have a handicap when certain factors come into play, such as distractions, fatigue, etc.  One element that causes a major obstacle to safety and a drowning hazard that is often overlooked is the clarity of the swimming pool water.  If a parent or lifeguard doesn't have complete visibility to the bottom of the swimming pool, they are not able to identify swimmers in distress that are on the bottom or under the water.  Time is crucial in these situations, and having a crystal clear swimming pool is the best preventive to entering into this dangerous situation.

In this post from Aqua, some basic ways to ensure that this doesn't happen to your inground swimming pool are discussed, as well as the tragedy that can befall you if you aren't vigilant in doing so.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

It's probably one of the most well known "cloudy water" tragedies known to anyone in the recreational water realm. On a hot Sunday in June 2011, Marie Joseph hopped into a Toyota Corolla with a group of friends to go and cool off at the Veterans Vietnam Memorial Pool at Lafayette Park in Fall River, Mass. Two days later, Joseph's body was found floating in the public pool.

During the outing on Sunday, Joseph and a nine year old were playing on the slide. After sliding down together, the nine year old surfaced and noticed Joseph hadn't! The nine year old notified a lifeguard that Joseph was underwater and in trouble. Responses of the lifeguards at the facility are questionable, but one of the undisputed results of the investigation afterwards showed that extremely cloudy pool water hid Joseph from lifeguards, friends and police investigators.

A police investigation revealed that visibility in the pool was less than 4 feet below the surface. Although required by state law, the bottom of the pool was not visible at all!

Drowning and near-drowning events in cloudy water have been on the rise. Many of these tragedies occur at supervised venues with lifeguards and adults in and around the pool. But oftentimes, you can't tell a person is drowning or in trouble on the water's surface — meaning the ability to see someone beneath the surface can be the difference between life and death. The sooner a victim can be discovered and given CPR, the better their chances of survival are.

Cloudy water is a preventable problem. Some of the main causes of a cloudy pool include poor filtration and circulation, an influx of particulate matter such as dust and dirt or buildup from swimmer waste and suntan lotions. If water balance is incorrect, high calcium hardness, high pH or total dissolved solids can all cause cloudiness. Simply having too many swimmers and a lack of sanitizer to keep up can also cause cloudiness.

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The Craziest Swimming Pools in the World

Frm Nster

If you are looking for some interesting design ideas, you might generally look at trade magazines, hotel resorts or water parks when you are on vacation, or search sites like Houzz, Pinterest, or Architectural Digest.  This post from Nster gives you a different source of inspiration:  A compendium of the craziest swimming pools in existence.  

Whether it is the Devil's pool in Zambia, the Bottomless Pool in Bali, or the Sky Pool in Mexico City, these amazing architectural feats can prime your creative juices to inspire some different features and designs for your own outdoor inground swimming pool and outdoor living project.

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Pools Filled With Beer: They Exist

From Aqua

In a departure from our usual attempts at interesting or informative information, we bring to you something that may appeal to the man's man in your life.  Is the swimming pool filled with beer an Urban Legend?  Apparently not.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Think you're a beer lover? Try making a pilgrimage to Starkenberger Brewery.

Located in a castle in the hills of Austria, the brewery bills itself as a "beer resort" for beer connoisseurs to enjoy history trivia and, of course, drinks.

While immersing yourself in beer culture is one thing, the resort also offers the chance to literally immerse yourself in beer itself. Yes, in the cellars of the castle you'll find seven pools, each measuring 13 feet long and containing 42,000 pints of beer. According to the hotel, these are the world's only beer-filled swimming pools.

While the experience sounds hedonistic at best, the resort maintains there are indeed benefits to swimming in beer: the spirit is rich in vitamins and calcium, and sitting in beer can be good for the skin.

And to answer your question, the brewery advises against drinking from the pool. Regardless, Homer Simpson would surely approve.

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:50

To Dive or Not to Dive, that is the question

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A Safer Swim: Deter Diving

From Pools Spas & Patios

Like anything else, including a deep end or diving well in a residential inground swimming pool is a cyclical trend.  It seems that new residential installations either by and large include them for a few years, and then trend away from diving wells toward more recreational or sport pools.  There has been a recent trend in the Platinum Pools market to include more deep ends for diving, and the question that is asked alot of us is "What would you recommend?"

This is a difficult question to answer.  Many people have their reasons for including a deep end for diving, but some haven't properly vetted the issue. While a deep pool can provide the safety required for diving, it also takes away from the shallow or recreational areas of the pool, where the swimmers spend 95% of the time in a swimming pool.

This post from Pools, Spas and Patios gives the most common sense approach, which is that if your patrons intend to dive into your pool, it is incumbent upon you, the inground swimming pool owner, to ensure that they are either a) doing so into a safe area that was designed for diving, or b) they are not allowed to dive into the swimming pool.  

Here is an excerpt from the post:

Only a small number of backyard pools are actually safe for diving. For an inground pool to be dive-friendly, it needs to have a sufficient and constant depth, with no risk the divers will hit an upslope. The path of the dive should be barrier free and the water clarity should allow for swimmers to see any underwater hazards. No swimmer should ever dive into an above-ground pool, under any circumstances.

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The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Quiz

From How Stuff Works

Many DIY'ers fancy themselves experts in their respective fields.  Whether you consider yourself an expert mechanic because you can re-build your dirt bike engine, an expert carpenter because you were able to fix your deck, or an expert exterminator because you engaged in an all out assault on the pests in your home by systematically setting traps and insecticides everywhere; the do-it-yourselfer always thinks that he/she is able to tackle any situation.  This post from How Stuff Works aims to put the avid DIY inground swimming pool "expert" to the test, by putting them through the paces in the Ultimate Pool Maintenance Quiz.

Here are some examples of the questions:

What may be the result of regular pool skimming?

How often should you clean the strainer basket?

How can you minimize the growth of algae buildup on pool walls and tile?

Well Inground Swimming Pool expert, how do you think you stack up?  Click here to take the quiz and find out!

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